Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Homeschool Review Crew Review: YWAM Publishing - Heroes of History: Theodore Roosevelt
Since he was first introduced to "Teddy" in Arsenic and Old Lace and then Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum series, he has been fascinated with our 26th President. When we were asked to review a book in the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing, I knew Heroes of History: Theodore Roosevelt the book and the study guide would keep him engaged in learning as he would like learning more about one of his personal heroes.
The book focuses upon the life of Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt from the age of four through his childhood, teenage years, and adulthood until his death at age sixty. It tells the story of a weak, asthmatic child who knew how to persevere despite disheartening odds. Born the son of a New York glass manufacturer and philanthropist, Theodore "Thee" Roosevelt Sr., and Southern Belle who was raised on a plantation in Georgia, Mittie Bulloch, Teddy Roosevelt was just a toddler when the Civil War began. He would experience a life lived to the fullest as his parents homeschooled their four children and took them abroad to experience sights first-hand like Loch Katrine, abandoned abbeys and crumbling castles in Scotland, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the London Zoo, the British Museum, the Crystal Palace, The Hague, Mount Vesuvius, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the Nile River, and the Jordan River. Teddy thrived on adventure. He loved learning about the animals and plants that inhabited the various places he visited. Teddy often had animals of all types hidden in his room: mice, frogs, and snakes. He would later learn taxidermy and continue the hobby as he collected specimens from his journeys.
In addition to all of the wonderful adventures he experienced, Teddy Roosevelt also knew the heartbreak of loss too well. He lost his Grandmother Bulloch. Then, his family watched the procession of President Lincoln's casket after his assassination from his grandfather's home. Next, the family lost Grandfather Roosevelt. Soon after Teddy began the second semester of his sophomore year at Harvard, his father passed away before Teddy could make it home. Then, Teddy would lose his mother to typhoid and his wife to complications from giving birth to their first child, a little girl named Alice, on the same day. Teddy didn't allow these losses to stifle him. Instead, he continued to be a man of great character. He worked hard as an Assemblyman and investigated the various injustices that were reported to him. For this reason, he was appointed to the position of Civil Service Commissioner. Teddy would later become Assistant Secretary of the Navy and later would become the 26th President of the United States after the assassination of William McKinley. There is so much more to this marvelous man. To find out about his time with the Rough Riders or the assassination attempt on Teddy's life, you will have to pick up your own copy of Heroes of History: Theodore Roosevelt and read all of the fascinating tidbits for yourself!
You will also want to check out the study guides that go with this book. The Unit Study Curriculum Guide is an in-depth study guide that provides ideas for teaching and reinforcing history, geography, essay writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, public speaking, drama, and art. For homeschoolers, these guides help you to make this curriculum cover multiple disciplines through one book that will engage your children in the learning process as they learn about real people just like them. Chapter One lists famous quotes from Teddy and other notable people. Chapter Two discusses a display area and the types of items families and students can gather, much like Teddy liked to gather specimens. Chapter Three lists reflective questions that correspond to each chapter of the book while Chapter Four lists the essay questions, creative writing topics, hands-on projects list, and arts and craft ideas. The remaining chapters discuss how to utilize local people and resources as educational tools, social studies, and related themes to explore. The Unit Study Guide 2 download contains all of the worksheets your student will need: a timeline of events, maps, and a fact sheet for Theodore Roosevelt. These worksheets will place all of the key information at your student's fingertips and are a great addition for your exploration of the historical figure you are studying.
The Homeschool Overview for Unit Study Curriculum Guides provides insight into how you can utilize the Heroes of History Biographies and Unit Studies as your U. S. History Curriculum as well as how it can enhance other subject areas such as Language Arts, Geography, and Art. It also reinforces family read aloud times with books that will help build character. The guide provides tips on adjusting the curriculum to children of varying ages and learning levels as well as learning styles. Furthermore, it points out important Social Study themes and skills, reading comprehension skills and strategies, and essential writing skills and strategies.
To learn more about YWAM Publishing, Heroes of History, the study guide, and Heroes of History: Theodore Roosevelt, visit Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and their blog. To learn more about other books in the Heroes of History series as well as the Christian Heroes series, please visit the Homeschool Review Crew website to read reviews on books about other great leaders in our world's history.